World War I Centennial Celebration in Mobile [fr]
As the United States and the world continue to celebrate the centennial of World War I, and particularly the U.S. entry into the war on April 6, 1917, the Blue Star Salute in Mobile, Alabama will honor the armed forces and its historic ties with France with a special WWI Centennial Celebration on May 19-20.
Beginning on May 19, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Memorial Park in presence of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Honorary Consul of France to Mobile Maxanna Nichols-Lefebvre, who will represent the French Consulate.
Then, on May 20, as part of the National Armed Forces Day, the Blue Star Salute will host their main centennial event beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Battleship Memorial Park. As an honored guest, Maxanna Nichols-Lefebvre will share some remarks on the historic French-American relationship alongside U.S. Commission Liaison Monique Seefried of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Nimrod Frazer, author of the nonfiction book about the 167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment during WWI, “Send the Alabamians”, and other dignitaries. In addition, a special traveling exhibit on WWI from Auburn University will also be on display.
This event is among the many national commemorations celebrating the French-American relationship during World War I.